DISCUSSION: IS THERE PRESSURE TO READ NEW RELEASES?

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new discussion post, talking about one of my favourite bookish things – new releases! I think we all get a bit caught up in new releases at times, especially on Goodreads on our blogs so today I wanted to talk about them with you!

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Today I wanted to talk about new releases with you guys! I wanted to discuss whether there is a pressure to read new releases in the year they come out and as they come out. I think I sort of put the pressure on myself at the start of the year with a goal. For example, in 2017 I had no releases related goals and so read maybe 5 2017 releases but this year I had a goal to read at least one every month (or 12 in the year and I have definitely surpassed that goal). I think I’ve read roughly 17 this year and even though that still seems like a pretty insignificant number, to me that’s pretty good!

I try to read new releases before the hype ruins them for me otherwise I rarely get to them until years and years later, case in point: The Diviners. But, what if you read them as soon as they come out? Do you only read new releases or do you fit in time for backlist books too?

My main example that I can use is The Hazel Wood. I really had a mindset for 2018 releases this year, I wanted to make more of an effort to read books in the year they came out. So, I had big plans to read The Hazel Wood,  I even managed to get it before it came out because it was in my shop early, but I still haven’t read it. It came out in something like January or February but the hype got to me and now it’s October and it’s still sitting on my shelf gathering dust.

WHY DO I LIKE READING RELEASES AS THEY COME OUT?

I like being able to talk about the books when they’re fresh in everyone’s minds – you can have a lot of people active in discussions and reading wraps/reviews. It invites discussion and creates an easy way to talk to others which I really enjoy.

2018 RELEASES I WANT TO READ THIS YEAR

BOOKSMy Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)  Fence Vol. 1  Check, Please!: #Hockey (Check, Please!, #1-2)  Blanca & Roja  The Mermaid

Are we noticing a colour theme??? I seem to have a thing for blue books!

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DO YOU READ NEW RELEASES AS THEY COME OUT?

DO YOU LIKE NEW RELEASES OR DOES HYPE ANNOY YOU?

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12 thoughts on “DISCUSSION: IS THERE PRESSURE TO READ NEW RELEASES?

    1. I completely agree I love seeing the shiny new books on the shelves so it gets me more excited to read them! I also do love being able to discuss them with people closer to the release date!

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  1. i feel a sort of pressure to read new releases as they come out? mostly because everyone in the community gets so excited and i feel like i’m missing out on the action. but usually i just read whatever i feel like so it’s not so bad – and lately, since i haven’t been buying books nearly at all – it’s been a non-issue, ha.

    also as for the hazel wood…i know like no one loves that book but i did really like it!! i hope you read it eventually and don’t hate it :p

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    1. I feel that too, it’s hard not to get caught up in new releases when everyone is so excited for them!
      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Hazel Wood, I’m hoping to read it by the end of the year! (pls yell at me about it)

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  2. I never really felt this pressure to read newly released books until last year when they announced the nominees for the Goodreads awards and i realised i don’t know any of those books :/
    This year i thought i will keep an eye on new books more, so that i’ll have at least an idea what’s going on. Since i started blogging last december, i more aware of new books – before that, i just read what i had on the shelf already, or bought e-books after browsing amazon kindle shop without checking when they were released.
    Now it’s a bit more pressured, but i try to not let it get to me too much.

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    1. Haha, I often have no clue what most of the books are either, so you’re not alone in that!

      I completely relate to that, I feel like blogging has kept me more aware of the books that are coming out and/or being talked about which is really interesting but also really stressful!

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  3. I have indeed been reading more new releases ever since I’ve become a blogger. Up to that point, I’m not sure I even knew about the books newly released so much? It is true though that almost all the new releases that have made it into my shelf have been review copies and not books I bought. Review copies just sort of get you in the game when it comes to reading only new books vs books that have been out for a while. But I have been going off ARCs lately, so that means I’ll be going off new releases as well. There are so many books I have wanted to read before I got carried away. It’s true though that there’s some pressure – because new releases are talked about more, so if you blog about them, you get more views and all that. And it’s just the books everyone talks about anyway.

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    1. I completely relate to that! Since I started blogging I have read so many more new releases than I used to!
      I agree with that oo, I rarely buy new releases – if I get them physically, they’re for review or from the library – but I honestly buy fewer books now than I used to anyway.

      I completely agree – I think people prefer to hear about new releases, but slowly backlist books are making a comeback with challenges like Beat the backlist.

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